In 1930, the coconut palm became Hawaiiâ€™s official tree and served this role until 1959. On May 1, 1959 the 30th Territorial Legislature of Hawaii approved the Kukui or candlenut tree, Aleurites moluccana, as the stateâ€™s official tree. Read more about the Kukui treeâ€™s special place in Hawaiian culture in Jason Mooreâ€™s, Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine article, The Tree of Light .
Also, see Aleurites moluccana on the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resource–Hawaii Forestry Extension site which has a reprint of theÂ USDA Agriculture Handbook No. 679 byÂ Elbert L. Little Jr. and Roger G. Skolmen, 1989